Using Gravity For Distance

Using gravity for distance gain sounds simple enough to the youthful, but it involves activating many body parts, more than you can think of during a golf swing. This harnessing of gravity for distance can be what one loses with age.

Lee Trevino was one of the very best at using every KG of body weight to get the most power to the golf club head through impact, and he was also the straightest. When using  “gravity drills” you are able to perform golf practice exercises without having to think  technically. As the drill is repeated you gradually learn to contact the ball effectively and the feel is remembered in the body.

I personally have used a specific drill, (single arm swings) regularly in the past when practicing. Start with a 9 iron and hit five balls using the right hand only. Then hit 5 balls using the left hand only. Now hit 10 balls with your normal swing. Do this set of 20 balls 3 times before your regular practice. To begin with you may hit only air and ground a few times, but I found this to be just part of the learning curve.

In The Video below  gravity swing and drills are explained in more detail. I recommend regular drills and golf exercises for all golfers, especially older golfers. As the doctor says “use it or lose it”.

This week’s winning swings in slow motion


Carlos Franco Wins Seniors Shaw Charity Classic. He’s still as flexible as ever. Most seniors swing back shorter. Not Carlos.


Caroline Masson wins Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario Canada See her swing in Slow Motion. More amazing scores this week.

Rory MacIlroy back in form. He Wins in America for the first time this year in a come from behind victory.. See his swing in Slow Motion. Average sized man who drives the ball a mile. See how he does it.

Back interfering with your game?

Stiffness in the lower back and hips can make it difficult to accomplish your ambition to gain more distance off the tee, or regain lost strength. If attempting any of the suggestions on these videos, remember to take it easy. Build up your flexibility and range of movement slowly, or you might do more harm than good.

Almost all regular golfers suffer from low back and hip pain from time to time. Here are simple exercises to take a look at. I have selected each of these videos carefully and  found the advice particularly helpful to golfers over  50 who are in the process of improving their technique or distance.


As a NZPGA Golf Professional, I do not hold any medical qualifications. Consult your physician before attempting any of the exercises listed on this website if you have been injured or undergone a medical procedure.

Start Small

You may think you are too old to get fit and strengthen up. This is not the case. Just remember to begin slowly with simple routines you can easily handle .

Here is an every day example of a golfer who now has fun.

I once taught a gentleman who was older, he had hardly ever golfed before and had enrolled for a six-hour series of lessons. He was very stiff, with very limited range of movement and consequently could barely make contact with the ball. Despite his challenges, he was enthusiastic, he practised between lessons, started walking regularly and performing a series of home exercises/stretches I prescribed for him. After the sixth lesson (seven weeks) he could made contact with the ball and get around just well enough to enjoy a round of golf.

After the lessons I didn’t see him at the driving range for about 4 months. When he reappeared I could not believe his improvement! He had developed a nice fluid golf swing, achieved good distance and was really happy. I asked what he had done extra to achieve such outstanding results. His answer was “nothing different”. He just kept up his exercises and played regular golf. He admitted to me  that we he first began he was so stiff he could really only start the stretches I had taught him while still in bed, before getting up in the morning. Still, this tiny start was what was responsible for him loosening up his body up enough to enable the beginnings of a good golf swing. Look at the fun he has now!

The video of Gary Player is a fantastic example of what is possible for some senior golfers. Don’t expect these kind of results, be motivated by them!

Great Golf Holes of New Zealand

I’d like to introduce you to an excellent book written by my good friend John Morris, Great Golf Holes of New Zealand.

Digital copies of this fine book are available through GreyPower Golf for NZD $10. Simply click on the Buy Now button at the bottom of the page to make your purchase, you will receive a download link in your email when your payment has been processed.

Feel free to preview the book, click the link below to view the first 15 pages in .PDF format.

Great Golf Holes of New Zealand (preview)


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